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The Role of the Federal Reserve

A description of what the Federal Reserve is and what they do.

Transfer of Energy and Angular Momentum

In addition to an Adrenaline Rush, there are a lot of physics involved in making rollercoasters so much fun to ride. The Transfer of Energy and Angular Momentum are two of the keys.


The mysterious inner-workings of a transmission are based on a “simple” bit of engineering—using Simple Machines, also known as gears.


Once we’ve got a handle on radar, the next step is learning about transponders and why they work so well together.

Types of Clouds

Cloudy skies aren't always bad news. You can get the details with our explanation of the different types of clouds.


We're willing to bet this is the most interesting explanation of watersheds you'll ever see, but you'll have to watch it to find out why.

What is Lightning?

In this "Lightning Round," we begin by explaining how lightning is created. And we end with a poem. (So you'll want to watch it all.)

What Is Weather?

Learn about weather and what causes it.

Who was Salmon P. Chase?

Learn more about Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury from 1861 to 1864.

Why Money Has Value

Learn exactly what gives money its value.


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